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Fiscal Competition, Convergence and Agglomeration

  • Robert Fenge
  • Maximilian Von Ehrlich
  • Matthias Wrede

This paper analyzes the impact of fiscal competition through infrastructure in a New Economic Geography framework. It is shown that regional competition leads to convergence if the trade costs are high but induces divergence if trade cost have fallen below a certain value. Moreover, fiscal competition yields an overprovision if the trade costs are sizable while it leads to underprovision if the regions are highly integrated. Finally, a trade-off between regional convergence and efficiency arises since the efficient distribution of regional infrastructure requires full agglomeration for sufficiently low trade costs.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2084
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